Hawai'i Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has issued a statement opposing federal sequestration budget cuts due to go into effect on March 1, if congress does not take action to stop them. In her statement, delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Gabbard said, "If these arbitrary, across-the-board cuts are allowed to occur, our military, our national security, and our communities will suffer. Hawai'i is one of the top ten states that will take the biggest hit. We have already seen these anticipated cuts playing out at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, where 133 apprentices will not be hired and 30 temporary workers will lose their jobs. This is affecting real people, their families, as well as our military's readiness. Times are tough and we must all share in the sacrifice, but we cannot do so at the expense of our military readiness or on the backs of our middle-class families, seniors, and children." Gabbard will be on Maui on Monday, March 25, to speak before the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce at Maui Tropical Plantation at 5:30 p.m.